MJ Guthrie

Community Manager

When not immersed in her favorite virtual worlds, MJ can be found hanging out with her family, reading, coaching/playing sports, writing fiction, singing, and dabbling in graphic design (in random order, depending on mood and season). Her favorite part of MMOs? Observing the dynamics of virtual communities. That psychology degree has to come in handy somewhere, doesn't it?

MJ's Massively Overpowered adventures can be found many places: She investigates Secret World Legends/The Secret World's conspiracies in Chaos Theory, chronicles the EverQuest franchise in EverQuesting, practices survival in many sandboxes with The Survivalist, and livestreams for the Stream Team.

Personal blog: Looking for Shinies
Twitter: @MJ_Guthrie

The Stream Team: Taking a story break with SWTOR’s Star Fortresses

It’s not story time! Massively OP’s Larry and MJ have been running through SWTOR’s story for a long, long time. Today, however, they are taking a short break. Larry is taking MJ on her first Star Fortress run. There may not be any Choose My Alignment options, but there could still be death and mayhem. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for the action.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Deck building in The Amazing Eternals

Although she doesn’t have a plethora of cards yet, Massively OP’s MJ has reached the point where she can build her own decks in The Amazing Eternals. That means she can personalize her attack sequence for everyone, but she mainly wants to focus on Nautica and a surprise favorite, Bristle the tank. MJ also has more beta keys to give away, so join us live at 6:00 p.m. to help her design a few decks and maybe win a key for yourself!

What: The Amazing Eternals
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Exploring ARK’s Ragnarok map

One of the neat things about ARK is that there is more than one map to explore. Massively OP’s MJ has poked into the Scorched Earth expansion as well as The Center map; she’s even played a couple of procedurally generated maps. Now, she’s checking out the fan-build mod map that Studio WildCard officially added to the game: Ragnarok. Word on the beach is that this map is immense — so immense that it isn’t even complete yet! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see life start on this new land, and you could even win access to the server for a month!

What: ARK: Ragnarok
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Breaking the law in LawBreakers’ freebie weekend

Have you wanted to get a peek at LawBreakers but haven’t wanted to pony up the $30 price? Now is your chance to sneak in and see if you’d like it: The game is free to try this weekend on Steam. Massively OP’s MJ is taking advantage of the opportunity and diving into the fray. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for a look at life in…

What: LawBreakers
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 30th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Devs deliver a newbie guide for Legends of Aria’s final alpha

It’s the final alpha! Do do do do do do do do do… sing it with us! Legends of Aria just started its final alpha test today, with lots of new stuff to see. But with the start of a brand-new alpha, that means everyone is starting over, which makes it a perfect time for a newbie guide! Citadel Studio’s Derek “Supreem” Brinkmann and Jeffrey Edwards are joining Massively OP’s MJ to offer all sorts of tips and hints to players who will be just joining the game. (A death may also be involved, since Brinkmamn expressed, and we quote, “I was disappointed that I couldn’t get her killed last time.”). Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to learn all the secrets to starting out — and see if Brinkmann succeeds in getting MJ killed this time.

What: Legends of Aria
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 29th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Closers opens its doors for the weekend

Closers gave away a bunch of keys and opened its doors for the weekend, so Massively OP’s MJ is jumping in. She already experienced play at higher levels during her PAX hands-on, and now she’ll see what it’s like from the beginning.  Join us live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Closers
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 29th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Launch-day Kritika Online adventures

3…2…1… launch! Kritika Online launched on Steam today and Massively OP’s MJ is delving in for more anime action. Sadly, she won’t have the chance to play the Psion she tested at PAX since it won’t launch until October, but maybe she’ll play something other than a Reaper this time around. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the launch.

What: Kritika Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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The Survivalist: How procedurally generated maps stretch the life of survival MMOs

It’s no secret that I love to explore. And exploring the dangerous new worlds of survival games has been something I have really been enjoying this past couple of years. But there is dark cloud looming over each of these experiences: They end too quickly. These games, most of which are still in early access, have a very finite map. Once I’ve poked my head into every nook and cranny, once I’ve built what I wanted, and once I have completed the game tasks, there’s nothing left for me to do. I am not one who likes the whole wipe-and-start-over idea, precisely because there is nothing left to explore for me. And the PvP scene is no long-term draw either. Sure, maybe the studio was happy to have folks for just those few months, but wouldn’t retaining players be better? So how do you keep things fresh and keep players playing?

Different games are exploring different approaches. Currently, Conan Exiles is releasing new areas and expanding its map, offering plenty of new spaces to survey. ARK: Survival Evolved releases expansions that are completely new worlds. But to explore those new areas, you have to buy them. It’s actually a different strategy that ARK employs that I think solves the problem best, especially for games with a smaller map-type. Three words: procedurally generated maps.

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The Stream Team: Exploring Black Desert’s Kamasylvia expansion

Black Desert’s Kamasylvia expansion launched today, and Massively OP’s MJ is eager to see the elven woodlands. She wants to frolic in the Shady Tree Forest and explore the elven village of Old Wisdom Tree. The question is, can she get there? Join us live at 5:00 p.m. for a look at Kamasylvia.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A look at Amazing Eternals (plus giveaway)

Massively OP’s MJ has been looking forward to showing off The Amazing Eternals since she played it at PAX West. And now is her chance! She’s ready to dive into this Jumanji-esque experience and check out the various Eternals. So far, her favorite is the healer, Nautica. You’ll also have the chance to join MJ in game: She has a number of beta keys to give away! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for a chance to win as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: The Amazing Eternals
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Showing off Villagers & Heroes Starfall expansion with devs

Have you seen Villagers & Heroes Starfall expansion yet? You could have since the expansion launched a week early! Really, how often does that happen in the MMOverse? That blew Massively OP’s MJ mind, and she’s diving in to check things out. Even better, she’s got devs giving her a tour and showing off the expansiony goodness, so bring your questions and join us live at 3:00 p.m. to chat about all things Starfall.

What: Villagers & Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 25th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Cake and capers for Aion’s eight birthday

Eight years? Holy Deavas, can it really be? Yes, Aion turned eight years old yesterday, and Massively OP’s MJ just has to fly in to celebrate the occasion. Can she find any of the birthday cakes hidden around Atreia? Will she get loot galore as she plunders the Fire Temple in Kromede’s Revenge? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to take part in the festivities with us.

What: Aion
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

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